In Cairns, Construction had the highest local sales, generating $2,496 million in 2018/19.
Local sales by industry measures the output of local industries that is sold locally. This includes sales to local consumers, businesses and other organisations.
To get the full picture how each industry sector contributes to the regional or state economy, local sales data should be viewed alongside the other industry characteristics in the Industry sector analysis section.
Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series
|Local sales by industry sector|
|Cairns - Constant prices||2018/19||2001/02||Change|
|Industry (Click rows to view sub-categories)||$m||%||Queensland%||$m||%||Queensland%||2001/02 to 2018/19|
|Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing||309.6||2.3||2.4||154.5||2.0||3.0||+155.1||23000||P|
|Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services||645.2||4.8||4.1||425.6||5.5||5.1||+219.5||23300||P|
|Accommodation and Food Services||193.5||1.5||2.8||243.0||3.1||2.9||-49.4||23700||P|
|Transport, Postal and Warehousing||684.7||5.1||4.6||482.6||6.2||6.0||+202.1||23800||P|
|Information Media and Telecommunications||197.8||1.5||2.0||133.8||1.7||1.8||+64.0||23900||P|
|Financial and Insurance Services||655.4||4.9||6.3||308.6||4.0||4.8||+346.8||24000||P|
|Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services||1,943.9||14.6||12.6||803.2||10.3||10.5||+1,140.7||24100||P|
|Professional, Scientific and Technical Services||773.6||5.8||6.8||353.5||4.5||4.7||+420.1||24200||P|
|Administrative and Support Services||488.6||3.7||3.4||379.2||4.9||3.7||+109.4||24300||P|
|Public Administration and Safety||807.5||6.1||3.8||546.1||7.0||4.5||+261.4||24400||P|
|Education and Training||574.2||4.3||3.8||322.1||4.1||3.7||+252.1||24500||P|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||1,000.5||7.5||6.0||342.6||4.4||3.4||+657.9||24600||P|
|Arts and Recreation Services||201.6||1.5||0.8||147.4||1.9||1.0||+54.3||24700||P|
Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) (opens a new window) ��2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Data are based on a 2016-17 price base for all years. NIEIR-ID data are inflation adjusted each year to allow direct comparison, and annual data releases adjust previous years’ figures to a new base year.Learn more
An analysis of the local sales by industry sectors in Cairns in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:
- Construction (2,496 people or 18.7%)
- Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (1,944 people or 14.6%)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (1,001 people or 7.5%)
In combination these three industries accounted for $5,441 million in total or 40.9% of the total local sales by total industry in Cairns.
In comparison, the same 3 industries in Queensland accounted for 20.1% in Construction; 12.6% in Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services; and 6.0% in Health Care and Social Assistance.
The major differences between local sales by industries in Cairns and Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of local sales by Public Administration and Safety (6.1% compared to 3.8%)
- A larger percentage of local sales by Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (14.6% compared to 12.6%)
- A larger percentage of local sales by Health Care and Social Assistance (7.5% compared to 6.0%)
- A smaller percentage of local sales by Mining (1.3% compared to 3.8%)
The total local sales by industry in Cairns increased by $5,535.5 million between 2001/02 and 2018/19.
The largest changes in the local sales by industries between 2001/02 and 2018/19 in Cairns were for:
- Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services (+$1,141 million)
- Construction (+$1,106 million)
- Health Care and Social Assistance (+$658 million)
- Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (+$420 million)